Burning Glass Hardcover – 22 February 2016
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- Hardcover : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062412361
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062412362
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.89 x 20.96 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins - US (22 February 2016)
- Reading level : 14 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 348,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"Filled with mystery and intrigue, betrayal and passion, Purdie's political debut will sweep readers away to a world that is not that different from their own."--School Library Journal
"I feel like BURNING GLASS has catered to all of my YA book needs: Russian-flavored fantasy, a neat but not overly complicated magic system, a flawed but wonderful heroine, and the only kind of love triangle I can enjoy (one involving competing brothers!)"--Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books
"Richly imagined, compelling, and darkly romantic, this book will leave you begging for more!"--Sara B. Larson, author of the Defy trilogy
From the Back Cover
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel, both physically and emotionally--a gift she's kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. But when a tragic accident pushes her into the spotlight, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya's power is untamed and reckless, and she can't always decipher where other people's impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Prince Anton. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust--and which to betray.
Steeped in intrigue and treachery, debut author Kathryn Purdie's stunning new fantasy trilogy captivates with heartrending romance, dangerous magic, and one girl's quest for redemption.
I couldn't say what urged me to show this stranger I was more than the pitiful girl staring back at him. I was. At least as far as he should believe. I pulled my spine erect, elongated my neck, and met his stare with every ember of fire burning within me.
Dare to think of me what you will, I hoped the look I gave him said. I am Sonya Petrova. And I am not broken.
"Dark, intricate, and utterly immersive, Burning Glass will draw you deep inside a world full of complex questions, heart-pounding action, and aching romance."--Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of the award-winning These Broken Stars and Illuminae
"Richly imagined and darkly romantic."--Sara B. Larson, author of the Defy novels
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If you're in the mood for an angsty love triangle then you're probably in for a treat.
If you're looking for a plot driven story that feels like it never lets up and demands you to not put it down, you'll probably be disappointed.
Did this book live up to my expectations? No, not really.
I had been expecting a gripping YA novel with a strong plot about empaths, people who are in tune with the emotions and motives of those around them, with back stabbing, complex characters.
Did I get that? Well, essentially yes, I suppose I did in the end. But I was a little disappointed.
The story focused on Sonya caught between two brothers. The Emperor Valko and his brother Prince Anton. Most of the book was Sonya working out if her feelings for the brothers were her own, or if it was just her ability to feel what they felt towards her, as if those feelings were her own.
Too many feels for you? This book probably isn't for you then.
The story did cover Sonya learning to control her abilities but it was glossed over until everything started crashing down in the last quarter of the book.
I wish the author had made Burning Glass more plot driven. I was waiting, for literally hundreds of pages, for it all to get more serious than just Sonya being torn between two brothers. I've read that story too many times for it to really grip me all that much anymore.
I must give credit where credit is due though.
Emperor Valko as a complex character, though grating. I was made to hate him and feel empathy for him all in the same breath and I have always enjoyed reading those kinds of characters.
There's a bit of court politics, which I enjoyed, but not enough for me.
There were plot twists that I didn't see coming, whether it was because I have been reading this book first thing in the mornings or because they genuinely were surprising, I'm not sure. Though they all come far later than I would have liked.
I will read the next book once it's available, hoping that it continues with the strength that Burning Glass ended with. I won't be holding my breath though.
Top reviews from other countries
A girl who can feel the emotions of others around her, Sonya, is sent to work for the emperor as his 'protector', having to sense any threats after the last the woman in this position failed to do so and was killed. The book explores her relationships towards the emperor and prince as she struggles to battle the many emotions of the people surrounding - something she has always had trouble with and disastrous consequences as a result.
I thought the two brothers, emperor Valko and his younger brother Prince Anton, were such interesting characters to see through the view of Sonya, and it wasn't a predictable love story - there's more to Anton than what meets the eye and Valko gave a dark romance tilt to the story.
The description and evolving relationships between certain characters kept me reading and I found it difficult to put down at times, especially at particular points when something happens that I really was not expecting!
Would definitely recommend if you're in the fantasy/romance mood with a slightly sinister edge - I'll certainly be picking up the next one!
Normally with a trilogy I find myself desperate to get my hands on the next book, however, I feel I don’t want or need to read the next book.
Given that this was £8:00+ I am disappointed that I took the risk.